How to fry bacon without making a mess

September 16, 2017

Like pretty much every self-aware millennial, I’m a big fan of bacon. Salty, crisp, and meaty it’s pretty much everything I want in a protein. And, while I draw the line at things like bacon-infused bourbon, there are very few savoury dishes that don’t benefit from the inclusion of a little — or a lot — of cured pork.

 

My love for bacon is, however, tempered somewhat by the absolute hatred I have for having to wipe up all the grease and grime..

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Why I love wooden spoons in the kitchen

August 31, 2017

Wooden spoons are old school. They're what our grandmothers and our grandmother's grandmothers used. And they're still around today because, well, they just work. There are all kinds of fancy spoons on the market these days — slotted plastic spoons, silicone spoons, spoons that scrape, and spoons that sift. But I always come back to my wooden spoons. They're simple and they get the job done.

Wooden spoons have been around for thousands of..

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Six peachy recipes

August 12, 2017

Peaches ripened in the South months ago, but here in the north country we're just getting our peach on. If you love fresh peaches and want to do more than just eat them off the tree, here are six quick, delicious recipes to try. We've got you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Enjoy!

Peach Butter from Two Peas and Their Pod

I love making fresh fruit spreads (like my rhubarb-strawberry compote) that I can use on everything from..

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The cookie recipe you've always wanted

August 6, 2017

I love cookies. It doesn't matter if they're snickerdoodles or gingersnaps or chocolate chip, cookies are delectable. The recipe I'm sharing with you today is one I grew up baking. It was a close second to my mother's Congo Bars. When I was in high school, my friends and I named this cookie "DCMCOCDSMBM" or "Double Chocolate Mint Chip Oatmeal Cookies Dipped in Sugar Made By Mom". But I think you could just call these Mint Chocolate Oatmeal..

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Forget baking. Try pies in the freezer.

July 29, 2017

Pies are a delicious blend of crust and filling, and there are so many variations, you can find a pie for any taste. But when the sun is out and the humidity is rising, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven and bake a pie. So what to do? You make a frozen pie, and eat it happily. Or take it to a friend's house and share.

Here are two recipes for frozen pies I love. The first is a recipe handed down from my grandmother. The second was..

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Everything's coming up blueberries

July 24, 2017

We've moved from strawberry season into blueberry season here in the Northeast. There are so many amazing things you can do with blueberries, the list is endless! We've narrowed it down to these six recipes — they're easy to make and a little off the beaten path. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Freeze For Later

This isn't a recipe per se, but a reminder to prep and store some of your berries until you need a bright burst of summer,..

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The only spatula (turner) you need in your kitchen

July 23, 2017

I have a container on my counter dedicated to holding all my cooking utensils. Serving spoons, wooden mixing spoons, rubber scrapers, tongs, ladels, whisks: you name it, I've probably got it somewhere in the pile. And if that wasn't enough, I have a whole other drawer dedicated to holding the utensils that don't fit in the container. Honestly, that's way too many utensils for cooking.

In that pile of cooking utensils, I have at least 5 spatulas..

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Make your own popsicles

July 16, 2017

We're almost halfway through summer, so the department stores are starting to roll out their Back-to-School sale signs. But before we run headlong into autumn, let's take a moment to enjoy all the things summer has to offer: warm temps, freshly picked berries, beach visits, and... popsicles. While I never say no to ice cream, occasionally I'm in the mood for something just a little bit lighter. Some people might say that popsicles are for kids,..

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Swordfish: the fish for non-fish people

July 14, 2017

So, I admit it — I am not really a fish eater. I used to be that person who goes to a seafood restaurant and orders chicken fingers, or who says she eats sushi but only orders the avocado roll. I have gotten better over the years, though. I now order fish and chips instead of chicken, and I actually enjoy it. And a few years ago, I had another breakthrough. Swordfish. A delicious fish for a non-fish person.

One of the great things about..

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Why doesn't my cling wrap work the way it used to?

July 14, 2017

Last week, my mother told me, "I remember cling wrap sticking much better than it does today. Why is that?!" I, too, have noticed that these days, cling wrap seems less, well, clingy, so I thought I'd do some research on the topic. Was it just our imaginations, or was there a reason why cling wrap lost its cling?

The Dow Chemical Company began selling Saran Wrap in 1949, which at that time was made out of PVDC (polyvinylidene chloride). PVDC is..

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